Posted by Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer
Now that the 2008 Tuscany harvest has come to an end and the wines are tucked away in the barrels, it is time to develop an initial conclusion. I must say that I am really happy about this vintage. I just tasted all the wines from 2008 yesterday, and I'm convinced we all did a great job. Despite some difficult weather conditions (especially in May and June), my team did excellent work in the vineyards, as well as in the cellar. Although it will be at least another 12 months before we make the first blends, it is already clear that we have great wines in our barrels. The single-varietal wines all show a terrific balance in color, acidity, alcohol and tannins. This is a wonderful feeling!
For the time being, we have to focus our work on the 2007 wines, though. This is not too difficult, because vintage 2007 is also a beauty. After the holidays, we will start to bottle Brancaia TRE 2007—we have already completed the blend. The wine has stunning color, a lot of fruit and an impressive structure—a very elegant wine that will already be accessible when released. Bottling this wine will keep us busy, plus we have already started the hard work in the vineyards again.
Now it is time to "quit my job" as harvest blogger for 2008. I would like to thank Wine Spectator for this opportunity, and I must admit that my respect for journalists has grown while writing this blog. It is not easy to put something into words and be informative, relevant and entertaining at the same time—I would have a long way to go.
Also, many thanks to all my readers. I invite you all to visit our estates in Tuscany—you are all welcome!
Seasons Greetings! Felice Anno Nuovo!
Rob Dobson — Regina, Sask. — December 31, 2008 12:48pm ET
James R Biddle — Dayton, OH — January 1, 2009 3:27pm ET
Rob Lentini — Alexandria, Virginia — January 2, 2009 11:43am ET
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